Most of Israel’s coronavirus fatalities have been elderly men with underlying medical conditions, in line with global averages.
The average age of Israel’s dead was 79.8 years old as of Thursday afternoon. Of the 34 dead, 21, or 64 percent, were men, and 13 were women.
Ninety-four percent of Israel’s fatalities — all but two — are over the age of 60, in line with the average in Europe of 95%.
The vast majority of Israel’s dead had underlying medical conditions, as do most senior citizens. Israeli medical authorities rarely specify which preexisting conditions the fatalities had.
The World Health Organization said Thursday that 10% to 15% of people under 50 with the disease have moderate or severe cases.
Dr. Hans Kluge, head of the organization’s office in Europe, said recent statistics showed 30,098 people had died in Europe, mostly in Italy, France and Spain. More than half of Europe’s dead were over the age of 80.
Kluge said more than 80% of those who died had at least one other chronic underlying condition like cardiovascular disease, hypertension or diabetes.
There are more than 980,000 confirmed cases worldwide, led by the United States with more than 226,000, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. The US has recorded over 5,100 deaths, with New York City, the US epicenter, recording 1,374 fatalities.
The number of deaths worldwide passed 50,000 on Thursday. Over 204,000 have recovered from the illness.
Eight Israelis died of COVID-19 on Thursday as the total confirmed cases climbed to 6,808 with 604 new cases.
Eighty-three patients were on ventilators and 107 were in serious condition. At least 334 Israelis have recovered from the disease.
Medical personnel in Israel have carried out 87,108 tests, including 6,169 on Thursday.
People in their 20s had the most infections, accounting for 23% of the total cases.
The death toll has more than doubled from 16 since Monday, and the number of people on ventilators or in serious condition has also nearly doubled in the last week.
Health Ministry director-general Moshe Bar Siman-Tov said this week that he expects there to eventually be “thousands of dead” in Israel, while another ministry official said Monday that authorities were preparing to have to put 5,000 people on ventilators.